Far-right activists charged with threats to mother and her partner / Malta News Briefing – Tuesday 9 August 2022

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Updated 1715 – Newsportal Review

The Times of Malta reports that a 20-year-old self-proclaimed far-right leader has been charged with threatening his mother and her partner. Eman Alexander Cross appeared in court on Tuesday, where he admitted to breaching conditions of a probation order and unlawfully possessing a weapon. He pleaded not guilty to other charges, including causing his victims to fear violence and insulting and threatening his mother’s partner. 

Maltatoday also leads with Court developments as an 81-year-old man has been charged with sexually assaulting a five-year-old child while under a probation order for a similar offence.

Newsbook shares another construction-related tragedy as a construction worker suffered grievous injuries after he fell from a one-and-a-half storey height at a construction site in Birkirkara. The police said the man, who is yet to be identified, fell at around 1.30pm on Triq l-Imrieħel.

TVM News: The Nationalist Party said that every agreement, contract and report made between the Government and Socar company of Azerbaijan should be published and investigated. The PN was reacting to the decision by the Information and Data Protection Commissioner so that the Daphne Foundation is given a copy of the agreement between Enemalta and Socar.

Mid-Day Briefing

Fredrick Azzopardi charged with breaching environment protection law, says charges time-barred: Frederick Azzopardi’s attorneys argued that the criminal case against the former CEO of Infrastructure Malta should be dismissed due to the passage of time as well as the payment of an administrative penalty. The incident involved personnel from Infrastructure Malta disobeying an order to cease and comply issued by the Environment and Resources Authority about unauthorized construction at Wied Qirda in Żebbuġ. Meanwhile only a small crowd of around twenty person endorsed appeals by former Labour radio anchor Manwel Cuschieri to gather in front of the law courts in support of Azzopardi.

Fewer residential property sales in July but higher value recorded: Even though there were fewer final deeds recorded in July than there were in the same month last year, residential property sales nonetheless generated more than €300 million in value. According to data made public by the National Statistics Office, there were 1,246 residential property final deeds of sale in July, a decline of 10.1 percent. These deeds were worth a total of €307,8 million, which is 2.4 percent more than the comparable amount recorded in July of previous year.

Covid-19 update: There were 42 new cases of Covid-19 as the number of active cases now stands at 857.

Morning Briefing

Percentage of Maltese workers who could not afford a holiday on the rise:

65,324 workers during the COVID year of 2020 could not afford to get away on a holiday for a whole week, Eurostat data released by the European Trade Union Confederation shows.Malta was one of 11 EU member states in which the percentage of workers who could not afford a holiday increased between 2019 and 2020, a period which coincided with the pandemic. (MaltaToday)

Balluta Bay safe for swimming

In recent days, the Directorate had issued a warning for the public not to swim in this area due to microbiological contamination that affected the quality of the sea water. A statement has confirmed that following several sea water samples taken in recent days, the water in this area is no longer contaminated. (TVM)

Covid-19 update: There were 42 cases of Covid-19 yesterday, as active cases have reached 857. No new deaths were recorded, health authorities said.

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